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1:40 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
David Broder: Fears of health-reform cost are justifiable  —  It's simply not true that America is ambivalent about everything when it comes to the Obama health plan.  —  The day after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) gave its qualified blessing to the version of health reform produced …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crapo: Read the Senate health bill yourself  —  On the day of the Senate's first vote on healthcare reform legislation, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) used the GOP's weekly address to urge people to read the 2,074-page bill before forming an opinion.  —  “Read the bill” has become a Republican rallying cry throughout the healthcare debate.
Discussion: The Politico and The Swamp
Chris Frates / The Politico:
What to watch for in today's debate  —  Two Saturdays ago, Pelosi passed health reform on a squeaker of a House vote.  Today, Reid can't spare a single Democrat as the Senate decides whether to start debate.  If not, President Barack Obama's reform hopes suffer immeasurable harm.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: Opposition to health procedural vote is ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: The Hill
Ed Hornick / CNN:
What to expect in Senate's health care vote
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Hackers steal electronic data from top climate research center  —  Scientists' e-mails deriding skeptics of warming become public  —  Hackers broke into the electronic files of one of the world's foremost climate research centers this week and posted an array of e-mails in which prominent scientists engaged …
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James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Climategate: how the MSM reported the greatest scandal in modern science  —  Here's what the Times has had to say on the subject: … (Yep - definitely an improvement on their earlier, non-existent coverage; but not exactly pointing up the scandalousness of this scandal).  —  And the Independent:
Bishop Hill:
Climate cuttings 33  —  General reaction seems to be that the CRUgate emails are genuine, but with the caveat that there could be some less reliable stuff slipped in.  —  In the circumstances, here are some summaries of the CRUgate files.  I'll update these as and when I can.  The refs are the email number.
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Hacked E-Mails Fuel Climate Change Skeptics  —  Hundreds of private e-mails and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.
New York Times:
New Consensus Sees Stimulus Package as Worthy Step  —  WASHINGTON — Now that unemployment has topped 10 percent, some liberal-leaning economists see confirmation of their warnings that the $787 billion stimulus package President Obama signed into law last February was way too small.
James Fallows:
Manufactured failure #2: the press, Obama, Asia  —  It's not just me.  Two colleagues with different perspectives — from each other's, and sometimes from my own — marvel at how badly the mainstream American press distorted the picture of what happened during Barack Obama's just-ended tour of Asia.
Daily Mail:
It's Barbie in a burkha: World-famous doll gets a makeover to go under the hammer for 50th anniversary  —  One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover - wearing a burkha.  —  Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Semi-liveblog Of The Debate To Allow Debate To Begin In The Senate  —  It is important to remember that this is not the debate about the Senate health care bill, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  This is a debate about whether to allow the bill to come to the floor where it can be debated and amended.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Michelle Goldberg Gets It  —  The lies of Sarah Palin are different from any other politicians'.  They are different because they assert things that are demonstrably, empirically untrue; and they are different because once they have been deonstrated to the entire world that they are untrue …
Discussion: Althouse
Bella DePaulo / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin and Her Lies (And Her Fans Who Attack Her Critics)  —  I've been blogging since June of 2006 and have not avoided controversial issues or people.  But something I recently posted at Psychology Today, “Sarah Palin's Lies” (now posted in full below), elicited more vitriolic comments …
Discussion: American Power and NewsBusters.org
David Beamer / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision  —  The attorney general's Senate testimony this week did nothing to reassure the families of 9/11's victims.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to question Attorney General Eric Holder about his decision …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
Anthony Dick / The Corner on National Review Online:
Whiny Spoiled Brats — By: Anthony Dick  —  The University of California system took some predictable steps to tighten its belt this week in the face of the state budget crisis, cutting some services and boosting student tuition.  Equally predictably, students across the state have responded …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
UC Berkeley students end occupation
Discussion: Raw Story and Fresh Loaf
Zogby:
North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan Trails in Potential 2010 Senate Match-up  —  Opposition to Healthcare Legislation More Than Double Support among North Dakota Likely Voters  —  UTICA, New York - In a potential 2010 election match-up Republican Governor John Hoeven leads Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan 55% to 36% with 9% undecided.
Steve Rubenstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area not maverick enough to read Palin book  —  It might as well have cooties.  Hardly anyone wants to touch the thing, or even get close to it.  —  The new autobiography by moose hunter and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is harder to find in the Bay Area than a hockey mom.
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
A Third Lebanon War Could Be Much Worse than the Second
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Germany warns US on market bubbles
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Ex-U.S. official and wife admit 30 years of spying for Cuba
Discussion: Althouse
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama talks jobs, not healthcare, from Asia
Discussion: The Swamp and QandO
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Taliban chief hides in Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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The Real Price of Trying KSM
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